Four people have been arrested after the body of a farmer, Joel Omirenya, disappeared from the Sacred Heart Hospital’s mortuary in the Lantoro area of Abeokuta, Ogun State.
Omirenya, 86, was admitted to the Sacred Heart Hospital after he became ill at home.
Sadly, he died at the hospital in February and his body was placed in the hospital’s mortuary.
The deceased’s relatives found the corpse intact each time they visited to pay for the corpse to be preserved.
When the farmer’s body vanished from the mortuary, the farmer’s family had already decided how to transport the body to their hometown in Benue State.
The deceased’s children requested that the body be dressed on Sunday, March 23, and informed hospital administration on Friday, March 21, of their intention to take their father’s body for burial.
Despite having paid all the bills, the children were unable to locate the body when they arrived at the morgue on Sunday, March 23, for the dressing of the dead.
A wake for the deceased was already taking place at his residence in Ewekoro, Ogun State, and the family had paid to hire an ambulance to convey the corpse to their hometown when they realised the corpse had disappeared.
All efforts to find the body proved abortive.
Two mortuary attendants, an auditor, and a plumber have now been arrested over the mysterious disappearance of the corpse.
The Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO) of the state police command, Abimbola Oyeyemi confirmed the incident.
Oyeyemi also confirmed the arrest of four persons in connection with the missing corpse.